Support Us

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We need your help! Our DuPont Planetarium Galactic Guardians Adoption Program provides needed support for our events and programs. For as little as $50, you can become the "Galactic Guardian" of a celestial object. For a donation of $400 or more, you can have your name in the stars, while supporting our planetarium programs. Your name will be displayed on our planetarium dome next to the celestial body you adopt. All sponsors' names are displayed on donor recognition kiosks at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center (RPSEC), and they will be recognized in the Center's publications and website as Galactic Guardians and Friends of the RPSEC. For more information on how you can invest in the future with the DuPont Planetarium, contact the planetarium at Planetarium@usca.edu or 803-641-3313. Donations are tax deductible; sponsorship opportunities are listed below.

Permanent Naming Opportunities

Annual Naming Opportunities for Programmatic Support

Planetarium Public Show series - $20,000
More than 85 shows are made available each year to the general public.
Astronomy Series for Student Programs - $10,000
Programs address topics such as the seasons, solar system, constellations, moon, sun, and space exploration.

DuPont Planetarium Celestial Objects for Adoption in 2012

$400 level:

  • Sun
  • Moon
  • Milky Way
Planets:
  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Earth
  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • Uranus
  • Neptune
  • Pluto (Dwarf $399.99)

$150 level:

Zodiac Constellations:
  • Virgo
  • Libra
  • Scorpius
  • Ophiuchus
  • Sagittarius
  • Capricornus
  • Aquarius
  • Pisces
  • Aries
  • Taurus
  • Gemini
  • Cancer
  • Leo

$100 level:

Special Constellations:
  • Andromeda the Princess
  • Aquilla the Eagle
  • Auriga the Charioteer
  • Bootes the Herdsman
  • Canis Major the Big Dog
  • Canis Minor the Little Dog
  • Cassiopeia the Queen
  • Cepheus the King
  • Crux the Southern Cross
  • Cygnus the Swan, Northern Cross
  • Draco the Dragon
  • Hercules
  • Lyra the Harp
  • Orion the Hunter
  • Pegasus the Flying Horse
  • Perseus the Hero
  • Ursa Major, Big Dipper
  • Ursa Minor, Little Dipper

$75 level:

Galaxies and Nebulae:
  • Cat's Eye Nebula, NGC 6543
  • Cat's Paw, NGC 6914
  • Crab Nebula, M1
  • Dumbbell Nebula, M27
  • Flame Nebula, NGC 2024
  • Helix Nebula, NGC 7293
  • Horsehead Nebula B33, IC434
  • Horseshoe Nebula, M17
  • Lagoon Nebula, M8
  • Orion Nebula, M42
  • Owl Nebula, M97
  • Pillars of Creation (M16)
  • Ring Nebula, M57
  • Rosette Nebula, NGC 2237
  • Seagull Nebula, IC2177
  • Stellar Spire (M16)
  • Tarantula Nebula, NGC 2070
  • Trifid Nebula, M20
  • Andromeda Galaxy, M31
  • Black Eye Galaxy, M64
  • "Cigar" Galaxy, M82
  • Pinwheel Galaxy, M101
  • Sombrero Galaxy, M104
  • Sunflower Galaxy, M63
  • Tadpole Galaxy, UGC 10214
  • Whirlpool Galaxy, M51

$50 level:

Other Constellations:
  • Centaurus
  • Cetus the Sea Monster
  • Columba the Dove
  • Corona the Crown
  • Corvus the Crow
  • Delphinus the Dolphin
  • Lepus the Hare
  • Monoceros the Unicorn
  • Sagitta the Arrow
Stars and Star Clusters:
  • Albireo, a double star
  • Beehive cluster
  • Alcor & Mizor, double stars
  • Hercules globular cluster
  • Pleiades, the Seven Sisters
  • Polaris, the North Star
Brightest Stars:
  • Aldebaran
  • Altair
  • Antares
  • Arcturus
  • Betelguese
  • Capella
  • Castor
  • Deneb
  • Fomalhaut
  • Pollux
  • Procyon
  • Regulus
  • Rigel
  • Sirius
  • Spica
  • Vega

Above image courtesy of NASA